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A podcast about learning, leadership and the limitations we impose on ourselves.

The idea of the "black stump" is an Australian colloquialism, it is used to describe the limits of the mapped or surveyed area. The term seems to be derived from the practice of burning or marking a tree stump as a surveyors mark.

It is also metaphor for the limits of our known universe. And it can also reflect the limitations we impose on our thinking, as this quote describes;

“the Black Stump is much more than an imaginary marker – it is a fixed point in our mind, the fixed ideas that limit our thinking. It marks the limit of our comfort zone."[Ed Simpson]

Each week I will be chatting with a different guest - fellow practitioners in the risk, resilience and continuity communities - who will share their history, their current context, accepted practices and their novel ideas.

The aim is to provide a new and practical approach to thought leadership.

Beyond the Black Stump Ken Simpson

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A podcast about learning, leadership and the limitations we impose on ourselves.

The idea of the "black stump" is an Australian colloquialism, it is used to describe the limits of the mapped or surveyed area. The term seems to be derived from the practice of burning or marking a tree stump as a surveyors mark.

It is also metaphor for the limits of our known universe. And it can also reflect the limitations we impose on our thinking, as this quote describes;

“the Black Stump is much more than an imaginary marker – it is a fixed point in our mind, the fixed ideas that limit our thinking. It marks the limit of our comfort zone."[Ed Simpson]

Each week I will be chatting with a different guest - fellow practitioners in the risk, resilience and continuity communities - who will share their history, their current context, accepted practices and their novel ideas.

The aim is to provide a new and practical approach to thought leadership.

    BBS037 - Intangible skills, key to future employablility and promotion, with Cheyene Marling

    BBS037 - Intangible skills, key to future employablility and promotion, with Cheyene Marling

    G'day, this is Ken Simpson and welcome to episode 37 of Beyond the Black Stump. 
     
    Do you live to work, or do you work to live? My guess is that most fit into the later group. So altruistic ideas around awareness raising and learning good, but show me the money!
     
    My guest today is well positioned to advise on the return on investment for our personal learning and development. She runs one of the better known recruitment firms in the BC/risk field and we discuss the skills and expertise that employers are looking for. 
     
    The company she founded, BC Management, also produces a number of industry research reports - including their long running survey of remuneration in the industry. 
     
    Stay with me as I explore what makes you employable for a senior role in the industry today, and how those in-demand skills might change into the future. Let's go Beyond the Black Stump with Cheyenne Marling. 
     
    Links referenced in this episode Cheyenne's LinkedIN profile BC Management Inc Complimentary reports  eNotifications page - don't miss new research World Economic forum Report - "The 10 skills you need to third win the Fourth Industrial Revolution". Black Stump LinkedIN Group  
    Are you in the job market, or thinking about making a move? What are your views on the skills demanded today and for the future?  I would love to read about your perspectives on the Black Stump LinkedIn group. 
     
    I am especially interested in exploring the ideas we discussed around greater focus on softer skills and how those are taught and developed. 
     
    When we think about how we invest in our own development, remember the golden rule. He who has the gold makes the rules. 
     
    We need to understand what employers want, today and into the future - rather than what the industry and practitioners might want that profile to look like. 
     
    Food for thought on your journey. Stay safe and I hope you will join me again next week.

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    BBS036 - Reflecting on awareness, in the rear vision mirror

    BBS036 - Reflecting on awareness, in the rear vision mirror

    G’day this is Ken Simpson and welcome to an overdue episode 36 of Beyond the Black Stump.

    Last week I was hit by the podcaster’s nightmare scenario - sore throat and coughing. Not a good sound, so I spared you the experience.

    But I still wanted to share my thoughts about BC Awareness week and how we go about trying to promote the discipline. My thanks to the small number of practitioners who reached out and wanted to share views on this year's events.

    So Business Continuity Awareness Week has come and gone for another year, and my Awareness Challenge for the month of May has ended.
    The past week has been one of those times when I wonder where the year has gone, June already!
    Links for this episode Old BCAW Blog Posts BCI Britghttalk Channel Martin Caddick post Two other really good PwC posts, Paul Robertson and James Crask Burke & Jones "Top Down" Webinar Lucey and Burton Exercise webinar Flashblog Dennis Goulet/BCMIX LinkedIn conversation David Discenza/David Lindstedt conversation BCI BCAW Feedback Survey
    In next weeks show we will explore some elements of the personal ROI for those who work in BC. Join me as I chat with Cheyenne Marling from recruitment and research firm BC Management about what she sees employers are looking for and how you can best get Return on Investment in your own learning and development.

    Until then, stay safe and aware on your journey.

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    BBS035 - Finding the passion, and a new voice, for the future. Sarah Kara.

    BBS035 - Finding the passion, and a new voice, for the future. Sarah Kara.

    G'day, this is Ken Simpson and welcome to episode 35 of Beyond the Black Stump.
    Our May podcasts are all about awareness, not just making others aware of BC - but ensuring that we increase our awareness of other disciplines, the world around us - and how these things are changing.
    This week my guest is a young, female practitioner. While those two attributes alone make her rare in BC circles, she can also claim another rare attribute of being a second generation practitioner. Listen in and perhaps become more aware of the thinking and expectations of the new generation.
    You may become more aware of how we often patronise young practitioners, especially the female ones - and if you are subject to this sort of behaviour, there will be some awareness of strategies that you might like to consider.
    All of this from a New Zealand contributor to the "20 in their 20's" publication, so let's go Beyond the Black Stump with Sarah Kara.
    Links for this show 20 in their 20's Some commentary on that publication Black Stump LinkedIn Group Resilience Awareness Challenge FlashBlog index page Other BCAW events Hear more in last show with Andrew Scott ...
    I hope you found something to think about in Sarah's stories. To be sustainable, our future practices are going to have to be aligned to the needs and thinking of the emerging generations. This is a critical area where we need to raise the awareness of the industry.
    As always, would love to hear your thoughts - come over to Black Stump LinkedIn Group, link is is in the show notes, and share your views. I am sure you will be able to engage with Sarah there if you want to.
    If you are really keen to explore these gendered rand generational issues - then reach out and be a guest on the show. All are welcome, drop me a note and we can schedule something.
    Don't forget the Resilience Awareness Challenge, it's not too late to sign up and commit to learning about something new and different this month.
    Next week is BCAW, still not too late to sign up for the FlashBlog index page.
    Until next time, thanks for listening - and stay safe on your journey.

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    BBS034 - Awareness and the Value of Ideas with Andrew Scott

    BBS034 - Awareness and the Value of Ideas with Andrew Scott

    G'day, this is Ken Simpson and welcome to episode 34 of Beyond the Black Stump. The podcast for the risk. Continuity and resilience communities.
    Links in this show BCI BCAW Page Participate in the Flashblog Webinar Guide Take up the Resilience Awareness Challenge I had every intention of recording live conversations at the Australasian BC Summit this week, but it wasn't to be. I actually had to miss the second day of the Conference due to client commitments.
    Despite only having one day at the conference I thought I got value from it. The great thing about value is that it has meaning only "in the eye of the beholder" so to speak.
    What value do you put on a new idea? Learning about something you did not know about.
    I think it is priceless, worth the effort of losing the income and the cost of travel.  For me that value came from Gareth Bone's session about Design Thinking. Listen out for more on that idea in a few weeks.
    I would love to hear about your thoughts on the value of a single new idea. What did you learn from the Australasian Summit last week, or at the last conference you attended? Post a comment in our LinkedIn community.
    Value is also a theme for this week's show. We are only a week away from the start of Business Continuity AWareness Week. This year BCAW starts on Monday 16 May and the theme is "return on investment" for BC. For many that will translate to the value delivered via BC rather than a true ROI assessment.
    What are you doing to promote awareness during BCAW?
    To get some ideas of what is being co-ordinated by the BCI I spoke to Andrew Scott, Senior Communications Manager at the BCI.
    Plenty of opportunity to learn something and raise awareness from the various event the BCI are co-ordinating.  What about your awareness?
    What are you doing to raise your own awareness of what other disciplines do and how they do it? Are you willing to take the Resilience Challenge, there is a link in the show notes, sign up and invest 10 minutes a day in raising your own awareness of how other disciplines contribute to raise the level of resilience.
    Until next week, stay safe (and inquisitive) on your journey.
     

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    BBS033 - Resilience Awareness Challenge and Glen Redstall on the Australasian BC Summit

    BBS033 - Resilience Awareness Challenge and Glen Redstall on the Australasian BC Summit

    G’day this is Ken Simpson - and welcome to a new week, and a
    new month.

     

    Kicking off the month with episode 33 of the show and a month
    of learning and awareness raising.

     

    I am launching a month-long challenge to people today. You can
    get the details at blackstump.fm/challenge. Essentially the
    challenge is to commit to raise your awareness of another
    discipline, body of knowledge or a new skill. All you need is 10
    minutes a day.

     

    Check it out and see if you are up to the challenge!

     

    There is a big opportunity for learning, and awareness
    raising, in Australia this week as the BCI Summit is on in Sydney. Back in January you heard
    about Glen Redstall’s 3 words to guide BC for 2016. Last
    week I caught up with Glen again to find out how the summit was
    looking.

     

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    TRANSCRIPT

     

    Links for this show

    Summit sponsor -
    RSA
    Summit sponsor -
    Dynamiq
    Summit
    Program
    #BCISummit2016
    follow the conversations on Twitter

     


    Too late to get into the conference this year - if you missed
    out make sure you register early for next year. There is a trade
    show as part of the Summit and Glen confirmed that that is open for
    visitors if you are in Sydney this week and want to check out the
    products on display.

     

    I am speaking on the first day on the topic “Self-Leadership
    for Change”. If you are attending the Summit, put that session on
    your schedule.

     

    Are you up to take the challenge? Awareness is not just about
    raising other people’s awareness of BC - it cuts both ways. If are
    coming to understand that we need to be open to other disciplines
    in order to build resilience - so here is your chance. Sign up for
    the Resilience Awareness and Learning challenge - blackstump.fm/challenge - or come look in
    the Black
    Stump LinkedIN community.

     

    Later in the week you will hear from a range of people on the
    floor of the BCI Summit, and get a preview on BC Awareness Week
    with the BCI’s Andrew Scott.

     
    Until then, stay safe on your journey.

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    BS032 - Adaptive ideas and resilience as culture, with Aaron Gracey

    BS032 - Adaptive ideas and resilience as culture, with Aaron Gracey

    G'day this is Ken Simpson, and welcome to Episode 32 of Beyond
    the Black Stump.

     

    Another month has come and gone, the last Friday of the month
    so we celebrate it as a Book Club episode.

    But a book club with a difference, in that our author today
    has published a number of articles and blog posts - and is seeking
    to write a book. So we are just getting in early. After all the
    intent of book club is to encourage reading.

     

    And on that note before we get into today’s conversation I
    just want to remind you that there is a full transcript of the
    interview available on the shows web site -http://Blackstump.FM

    The link is active in the show notes on your podcast
    player.

     

    The reason I made a point of reminding you about that at the
    top of the show is that there are some patchy parts of the audio
    today, and you might need to refer to the transcript to better
    understand the meaning.

     

    My guest today brings learning and experience form the
    military into the corporate world of BC and resilience. Of
    particular interest to me is his focus on resilience as a cultural
    outcome. Our industry has been plagued with ex-military folks
    promoting their versions of command and control models for many
    years - but here are some different perspectives. Perspectives that
    are derived form research, as well as experience - and more
    importantly perspectives that are alive and shifting as the world
    moves.

     

    Ideas and practices that adapt - might be a good way to
    describe preparations for improving resilience.

    So join me as I discuss these ideas with Aaron Gracey.

     

    Links for this show


    Aaron's LinkedIn profile

    Black Swans Vs Organisational Resilience 

    LinkedIn index page to all Aaron's posts
    Squared Apples on
    Twitter

    BCI World 2014 Presentation
    ResOrgs
    Torrens
    Institute
    Coutu
    "How Resilience works" HBR
    Starfish
    and the Spider




     

    Thanks for staying with us, and I hope the audio (and the
    accents) were not too hard to follow.

    If there is anything here that you want to explore further,
    why not come over to the Black Stump LinkedIn community and join
    the discussion. I am sure we can get Aaron to engage in
    conversation with you. You can also go comment on any of his
    articles liked in the Show Notes.

     

    Join me next week as I preview the Australasian BC Summit and
    give you a challenge to complete during the month.

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